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You’ll have to completely relearn how iPhones work for the iPhone X

iPhone X Home Button Gestures

Apple just wrapped its 2017 iPhone press conference, and the iPhone 8 and iPhone X are finally official. The iPhone maker practically confirmed everything we learned about these two devices this year, including all the details that came over the weekend from that unexpected iOS 11 leak. The iPhone 8 is the obvious successor to the iPhone 7, while the iPhone X is the iPhone of the future, sporting a buttonless all-screen design.

But now that the home button is gone, iPhone veterans will have to get used to new gestures and actions that replace the iconic home button. That’s because all the features associated with the home button are still there, except for the fingerprint reader, which had to be sacrificed.

In its presentation, and on its website, Apple insisted on how easy and intuitive it is to use new gestures instead of the home button. But if you’ve been using iPhones for a long time it might not be so intuitive.

Unlock the screen

Pressing the home button will get you to the lock screen on any iOS device except the iPhone X. You’ll have to raise the handset or tap on the screen to bring the handset to life. Then, use Face ID to unlock it.

Getting home

You used to press the home button to get to your home screen in the past. Now, a swipe from the bottom takes you there.

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A double press on the home button, or 3D Touch on iOS 10, would bring up all the apps open on your phone. Now, you have to swipe up just as you’d be going to the home screen. But instead of completing the movement, you’ll have to pause.

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Control Center

But wait, wasn’t the swipe up gesture already used by Control Center? Yes, yes it was. That means you have to get used to a different kind of trick. Swipe down from the top to open the Control Center.

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What about Notifications?

The iPhone X’s Control Center gestures used to bring up notifications on an iPhone. So where are the Notifications now? We have no idea. But on Apple’s iPhone X pages, Apple makes it a point to swipe down from the right ear of the phone. Is it possible that swiping down from the left ear will bring up notifications instead?

Siri invocation

The Siri invocation remains the same. You have to press and hold something, but it’s not the home button. Instead, you have to press and hold the standby button on the side of the phone.

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Apple Pay

The same side button will be required to authenticate Apple Pay payments. Double-click on it to verify your mobile payments with Apple Pay.

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What’s missing

We already mentioned the lack of a fingerprint sensor. But the Reachability feature also seems to be lacking on the iPhone X. That’s a gesture that lets you access the top side of the screen when using the phone with one hand.

What’s new

You can now swipe right at the bottom of the screen to go back to a previous app, a feature that was not available on previous iPhones.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.